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What Is A Disability Under SSD?

If you have a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from working for at least 12 months, you may qualify for Social Security Disability.

Social Security has a listing of impairments that automatically qualify you for disability payments. However, few people qualify based on the specific conditions listed. Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your condition and whether you may qualify for disability benefits. From our law office in Amherst, we serve clients throughout western and upstate New York.

Physical Impairments

Examples of the physical impairments that may qualify you for disability benefits include:

  • Back and disk injuries
  • Chronic pain due to fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Complications from conditions such as diabetes, neuropathy, cancer and heart problems
  • Chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis and lupus
  • Knee and hip replacements
  • Shoulder and neck injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscular skeletal impairments
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Repetitive stress injury
  • Autoimmune disorders such as HIV/AIDS

This is not a complete list of impairments. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of qualifying disabilities and the medical documentation you will need.

Mental Disorder Claims

It is difficult to convince the Social Security Administration that you have a mental impairment that prevents you from working. However, it is not impossible. Examples of mental illnesses that can qualify you for disability benefits include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Major depression resulting in auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Congenital mental impairments such as autism
  • Diminished intellectual functioning
  • Mental impairments caused by the brain

Our attorneys will work with you to make sure you get the correct diagnosis and help you get the benefits you deserve.

Learn more:

Who is eligible for disability benefits?

We Are Ready To Help You Apply For Social Security Disability

We know that the process can be long and complicated, but we will take the time to fully understand your situation and give you the best advice on what to do. Give us a call today at 716-874-1739 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.